National Retreat – January 16, 2015

A Retreat for Orthodox Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jews

January 16-18, 2015 — Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT 06031


2meninsnow1-300x200During this annual weekend LGBT Orthodox Jews come together to celebrate, learn, and to build this growing community.

Who is this for?

Orthodox or traditional LGBT Jews. We also welcome formerly Orthodox, Ortho-curious and anyone who wants to experience a traditional Shabbat with other LGBT Jews.

The program!

Our retreats draw from the many talents of our participants. We explore a wide range of topics in different modalities, including text study, topics on identity, learning new songs, skills training, and more.IMG_0787-300x179

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Registration and Pricing

All prices include full room and board. Registration opens up a few months prior to the retreat. Have questions now? Contact

Financial Aid

We are committed to making our weekends as inclusive and accessible as possible. We provide a limited amount of financial aid available for those who, for financial reasons, cannot otherwise attend.

Be an Eshel Angel!

If you are able to donate funds to enable people to come to the retreat, please donate here. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and will go to those who cannot afford to attend.

Grp DiscussionHalachic Information

All food will be strictly kosher, the retreat will be shomer shabbos, and we will have traditional davening/prayer. We will offer a variety of learning options, from traditional text study to experiential workshops covering a wide variety of subjects.


Transportation to and from the retreat is at your own expense. Eshel will try to assist you in finding transportation to and from the weekend.

For directions and transportation information, please visit the Isabella Freedman website.

Confidentiality Policy

Some participants may not be out as LGBT in their daily lives, or may have other important reasons for keeping their attendance at the event confidential. You have affirmed that you WILL NOT POST OR HugDISTRIBUTE PHOTOGRAPHS or audio/video recordings of other attendees publicly unless you have the EXPLICIT permission of every attendee represented therein. This includes distribution or posting online on flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and similar sites, as well as anywhere else in which photographs and other representations are publicly available.

Refund Policy

Participants who cancel their registration more than 2 weeks before an event are eligible for a refund less a $25 processing fee. Participants who cancel within the last two weeks prior to an event receive a 100% credit toward a future retreat less a $25 processing fee. If you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of the retreat or leave the retreat early no refund or credit is available.

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